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Report - Tonfanau Quarry - Tonfanau (nr Tywyn) - February 2015

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by The Lone Ranger, Feb 19, 2015.

  1. The Lone Ranger

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    Tonfanau Quarry – Tonfanau (nr Tywyn)

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    History

    Tonfanau quarry was run by Hanson until it closed in 1998, most of the plant and machinery was removed at this time. However like many of the derelict quarries in the area it seems to still produce local rock for local people, but on a very small scale these days.

    Little is known about the quarry situated on the coast; quarrying started here in the late 1800s and that it is a granite only quarry which was very unusual as most quarry’s & mines in the area produced Welsh slate. Its claim to fame was that it's apparently one of the hardest granite in Europe.

    Old steam engines brought the granite from the quarry to the main line Cambrian coast railway to be sent mainly around wales but also further afield.

    Seafront houses and building on marine parade in Tywyn the nearest town were built from granite from the quarry’s early days, you can also still see granite curb stones on the high street which also originate from the quarry.

    My Visit

    I passed this place while out for a drive and wondered if it was worth a quick stroll; while researching history for the nearby Tonfanau Army Camp I found that one other intrepid explorer had visited the quarry the previous year and posted a report on here.

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    From the road it doesn’t look to be very extensive, however once you venture in there is enough to keep you interested especially the old diggers and trucks.

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    On the lower levels are the remains of some kilns, probably dating back to the early days of the quarry.

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    Unfortunately the quarries offices were secure, but old ledgers, newspapers and site notes were visible on the tables and shelves. One of the outbuildings was accessible which housed the control panel for the now removed plant and machinery.

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    The quarry is split over 3 levels, the upper 2 levels are fairly empty of interesting things, but still good to see and the climb up to 300 meters above sea level give you some stunning views, alone on the top of the hill with just buzzards and ravens for company.

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    There’s some interesting formations in a huge pile of rock fines, a small stream has cut its way through the pile over the years since the quarry closed.

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    And finally at the top with a great view over the quarry and nearby town of Tywyn. A quick excursion took me to the summit of the hill and trig point.

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    A pleasant stroll around the quarry and some interesting old vehicles to keep me interested, All in all a pleasant couple of hours.

    Cheers,

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  2. The Kwan

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    Some nice Tonkas to play on here mate, a worthy mooch :thumb
     
  3. Seffy

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    Looks alreet that, love a quarry I do :thumb
     
  4. raisinwing

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    Great stuff, I spent many a holiday around these parts when I was younger. There's an awesome shop selling honey flavoured ice cream in Tywyn!
     
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    It shits me to see usable if somewhat older machinery going to waste like that. Nice little mooch mate.
     
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    Look a really cool place to mooch :thumb
     
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